Southport, NC
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Southport is a very small coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 3,475 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Southport is the 262nd largest community in North Carolina.

Southport real estate is some of the most expensive in North Carolina, although Southport house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Southport is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Southport is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Southport who work in sales jobs (18.33%), management occupations (10.39%), and teaching (9.80%).

Of important note, Southport is also a city of artists. Southport has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Southport’s character.

Also of interest is that Southport has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

The city is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Southport has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Southport a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

Southport is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

Despite being a small city, Southport has a lot of people using a ferryboat to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on a ferryboat are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Southport citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 34.34% of adults in Southport have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Southport in 2010 was $27,763, which is upper middle income relative to North Carolina and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,052 for a family of four. However, Southport contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Southport is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Southport home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Southport residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Southport include Irish, German, Scottish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Southport is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.

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